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Elif Bet


Every month,

The Elif Collective invites our community members to gather in a cozy space in NYC and hear a new play. 

The letters "Elif" and "Bet" begin the Semitic alphabets. They are the first two building blocks for dozens of languages. The Elif Bet Play Reading Series celebrates beginnings and makes the audience a building block from the very first draft.

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Actors bring the characters to life for the first time.

Playwrights experience their worlds come alive.

Everyone discovers the transformation that takes place when a story leaves the page.

Elif Bet is a house-warming party.

"Bet" means house—and that's where you are, at home with us. We serve snacks, dance, and meet with new friends and old.


What better way to warm a house than with a story?

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Upcoming Readings

Thursday, Feb. 29, 7PM

It's A Convoluted Play

by Lingyi Wang

On the first day of the Spring Festival (大年初一), four college students in an experimental theater club scratch their heads for their very last performance. With friends coming and going, they stand at the awkward moment in between the old year and the new, reckon with memories and dreams, and eventually embark on a journey towards or away from home. It’s a Convoluted Play is a bilingual, gay, and non-American production, disjointedly put together into a puzzle that may never solve itself.

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